A CAR dealership has been lavished with praise after making Christmas for a pop star’s mum extra special.

Bowker Mini in Blackburn delivered a new grey Mini Cooper Hatch to Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall’s mother.

Little Mix's tour manager got in touch with Dave Pope, who is the sale executive at Bowker BMW and MINI in Blackburn, after Jade said she wanted to surprise her mother at Christmas with a new car.

The sales executive said: “I’ve been a friend of the Little Mix tour manager for a while and he’s bought a car from me in the past.

"He called me to tell me that a member of the band wanted to surprise her mum at Christmas with a new car so we started talking about the best way to go about it.

“Jade took an active interest and she knew exactly how she wanted the car to look as it was a special gift for her Mum.  

"She was very specific about the colour for example. So, it took a few different cars to get exactly the right one.

“In the end Jade chose a MINI Cooper Hatch. It’s a great car and an automatic.

"We built the car using the MINI website to show Jade exactly how it would look. And we explained all the extras.

“The car she chose was off site. So we brought it to the dealership to take it through all the safety checks and prepare for delivery.

"Then we organised a transporter to a secret location for the grand reveal. We were sworn to secrecy. All our discussions were confidential."

A video was later posted on Little Mix’s official Twitter account of the surprise revelation.

In the tweet, Jade said: “Before you treat yourself, you must look after the people who got you where you are today.

“Thank you to Bowker MINI Blackburn for making my Mam’s Christmas extra special and an even bigger thank you to Dave Pope for helping make this happen!”

Dave added: “I think you can see from the reaction on the video on social media that Jade’s Mum had no idea about the surprise. She sounds delighted. I hope she loves the car. That’s what it’s all about.

“We try to treat all Bowker customers like global celebrities. So Jade got a great deal and service just like everyone does.”

The surprise comes just a day after fellow Little Mix star Perrie Edwards went to watch husband, Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, play against Burnley at Turf Moor on New Year’s Day.

The Reds eventually overcame the Clarets 2-1 with a last-minute winner.

Posting on Instagram, she wrote: ‘Freezing and soaking looking a drowned rat! Haway the Reds!’